Already a sense of urgency

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Doug Brown says getting a win tonight in Montreal is important, but it's not that important.

"It's huge. It's always important to get your first win," the Bombers defensive tackle said. "You never want to put together a losing streak, but at the same time it's not the end of the world either way.

"It's a formidable opponent we're playing, and things could go either way."

The Bombers started 0-2 in 2004 and 2005 and missed the playoffs both times. The circumstances were different in those days, though; Winnipeg was bad, and Hamilton was decent.

"There's a state of urgency," Brown said. "There always should be in the regular season, but it's not like we gotta book our tee times if we aren't successful."

After tonight the Bombers have a home-and-home with the B.C. Lions.

MENTOR MEN: The Bombers offensive line has three injured starters, which leaves two veterans to lead the way.

Tackles Dan Goodspeed and Alexandre Gauthier are the old guard on the line, while guards Brendon LaBatte and Kyle Koch and centre Ryan Donnelly have a grand total of three career starts in Blue and Gold.

Despite that relative inexperience, Goodspeed said things went smoothly last week against the Toronto Argonauts. He doesn't expect it to change tonight.

"With Koch, he's settled right in to the guard spot," Goodspeed said. "It's a little different than with (Andrew) Greene, but he's doing a heck of a job there. I like playing next to Koch.

"I let Gauthier handle LaBatte. I pawn that off on Gauthier so I don't have to worry about it."

IT'S A SNAP: The Bombers won't change their pre-snap offensive formations because of a new centre, head coach Doug Berry said.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn takes approximately 90% of his snaps out of the shotgun formation, and Ryan Donnelly, who replaced the injured Dominic Picard early in last week's game, had trouble on several such attempts against the Boatmen.

Berry gave no thought to having Glenn take the snaps directly under Donnelly, who hasn't played the position enough to have a preference.

"I don't want to create two discomfort zones," Berry said. "Let's just have one."

ROUGH WEEK: Last Friday was bad enough for Glenn. He had to deal with a new centre, he threw three interceptions, and the Bombers lost to the Argos.

Then on Monday the Bombers released one of his best friends, cornerback Sam Young. Glenn and Young were college roommates at Illinois State, and Young was in Glenn's wedding party last year.

"As a teammate, it's sad to see him go," Glenn said. "I don't think it should have happened, but everybody has their reasons for doing what they do. I do think he's a very good player, and I'm not just saying that because he's a friend of mine.

"When you have a good player who can play in multiple positions in the secondary and has that experience, that's a good guy to have on the team."

LATE HITS: The Bombers tonight will be without slotback Milt Stegall (knee), centres Dominic Picard (ankle) and Obby Khan (colitis), left guard Matt Sheridan (groin) and punter Duncan O'Mahony (toe) ... Notable injured Alouettes include backup quarterback Marcus Brady (shoulder), safety Mathieu Proulx (hamstring) and receiver Elijah Thurmon (knee) ... The Bombers are 9-26-1 when Stegall doesn't play.


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